Destruction, bloody destruction. When the Coachella lineup was announced just a few short weeks ago, Death From Above 1979 fans were stunned. After five years, DFA was billed to play a headlining act at one of the largest music festivals in the country. The murmur throughout the blogs, forums, and music publications was that this was going to be the second coming of the mstrminds behind “Black History Month”, “You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine”, and “Go Home, Get Down”. Twitter was chirping, and memorabilia became prevalent on the streets. The band is back in town.
Turn It Out…
Death From Above 1979, is most notably characterized by heavy distorted bass, drums, rockin’ synth, and screaming vocals. Formed in late 2004, this marked the birth of a saga. A legendary duo that brings the house down with live analogue instrumentation to feed the electronic beast. There wasn’t anything like it before or since. Could it be, the wolf pack, back together?
Photo: Craig Hlavaty
Notice Al-P, of MSTRKRFT, behind Jesse and Sebastien
Jesse F. Keeler, half of Death From Above 1979, and MSTRKRFT, along with Sebastien Grainger, are behind the cultivation of a genre DFA dubs, Dance Punk. A small sub style of music that saw its rise and fall in only two short albums. “You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine” is still in heavy rotation amongst underground hipsters, and punks alike. Now, they’re back with a destructive vengeance. A deprived hunger for the light once again.
Black History Month…
For the first time since 2006, Sebastien Grainger and Jesse F. Keeler, Death From Above 1979, are back together. The duo went public with their decision with the release of the lineup for 2011’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. In a statement released by Grainger on the DFA website, he expresses his excitment for the bands plans to reunite: “Jesse and I have decided that what we can do together should not be denied. Together again, as was always the intention, as a collaboration.”
Photo: Craig Hlavaty
On their first day back at work, DFA caused a riot and a swarm of police to nearly shut down the stage at the Austin’s Beauty Bar in Austin, Texas. Shortly thereafter, the twitter feed blew up, news articles, and blog posts erupted. “DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 IS BACK!”
Death From Above 1979 Reunion SXSW 2011 – Turn it Out
Dancing Astronaut wishes we could have been present for the mayhem, but are glad to live it vicariously with this YouTube video. Make sure you listen for the electric arcs from the taser guns going off. The cops didn’t have any idea what to expect from these Canadians. This is a reunion show for the history books and if this isn’t a testament to how insane their performance at Coachella will be, I don’t know what is.
Death From Above 1979 Reunion SXSW 2011 – Riot
It isn’t clear if DFA plan to jump back into a full fledged career, but their tour schedule shows reflects seven performance dates.
March 19th, 2011 – SXSW – Austin, TX
April 17th, 2011 – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival – Indio, CA
May 4th, 2011 – London HMV Forum – London, England
May 5th, 2011 – London HMV Forum – London, England
May 6th, 2011 – Donaufestival – Krems, Austria
May 27th, 2011 – Sasquatch Festival – George, WA
July 7th, 2011 – Camp Bisco X – Indian Lookout Country Club, Mariaville NY
If you end up at one of these venues on one of these dates, bring a gas mask, riot shield, and tea gas. Its going to be like Los Angeles in 1992. Death From Above 1979 is back to provide us with extreme civil unrest. I can’t wait.
You’re A Woman, I’m A Machine…
Go Home, Get Down…
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Stay tuned for big things from Death From Above 1979, we’re sure to hear big things from them. What does this mean for MSTRKRFT?
-Keep it dirty